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More towns and villages beautiful in Emilia-Romagna


Emilia-Romagna is by far one of the most amazing Italian regions, both from the landscape and from the historical-cultural point of view. It is in fact one land rich in beauty, steeped in history and charm, with a still very strong culinary and popular tradition, which have survived the passage of time. There is certainly no shortage of things to do / see in this region of Italy, on the contrary: between cultural, gastronomic and naturalistic tours you are spoiled for choice! Among the many activities, certainly a tour of the medieval villages and villages ranks first, since we are talking about one of the regions with the most villages in all of Italy.

Let's find out together i most beautiful towns and villages in Emilia-Romagna not to be missed.

NB: The following list is the result of a survey that actively involved Community members. Over 10.000 users were asked to express 20 preferences, choosing from the proposals of the editorial staff.



Index

  1. Gualtieri
  2. Dozza
  3. Brisighella
  4. Bobbio
  5. montegridolfo
  6. San Leo
  7. fontanellato
  8. Castell'Arquato
  9. Compiano
  10. Bardi
  11. Busseto and Roncole Verdi
  12. Grazzano Visconti
  13. Torrechiara
  14. longiano
  15. Santarcangelo di Romagna
  16. Vigoleno
  17. Cervia
  18. Cesenatico
  19. Comacchio
  20. Salsomaggiore Terme
  21. User questions and comments

1 - Gualtieri

Leaning against the main bank of the river Po, Gualtieri is a small one lowland village, once belonged to the domains of the Sforza family (until the early 1500s, when the village passed into the hands of the Este family).

The beating heart of the village is definitely there its main square, Piazza Bentivoglio, overlooked by the most significant monuments of the city: the Civic Tower, the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria della Neve, but above all the Bentivoglio Palace complex. Built at the beginning of the seventeenth-century period, Palazzo Bentivoglio consists of several rooms, including the Cappella Gentilizia, the Sala dei Falegnami and the Salone dei Giganti, inside these are some frescoes and some works of extreme value are kept. Of great beauty, we also recommend Villa Torello with its romantic gardens and neo-classical architecture.



  • Ideal time for a visit: any season, although during the spring / summer months it is preferred by many because it is possible to combine the visit with an excursion by bike or on foot in some nearby paths that develop along the Po
  • What to see in and around the city: Bentivoglio Square, Bentivoglio Palace, Villa Torello, Civic Tower, Collegiate Church of Santa Maria della Neve, Community House
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2 - Dozza

Dozza is also known by many as the fortress of wine, thanks to numerous vineyards that surround it. The town is none other than one of the best preserved medieval villages of the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines, characterized by gentle slopes and a fortress that majestically overlooks the entire city fabric.

The Rocca Sforzesca, still perfectly preserved, is the main attraction of the village. The interiors and exteriors of the fortress present the original medieval structure, with the well-made furniture, the paintings and tapestries hanging on the walls, the elegant rooms. The picture gallery, the weapons room and the prisons are also very interesting inside the Rocca. Between religious architectureinstead, we recommend you to visit the parish church dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin, the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine (in Toscanella) and the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Calanco (the latter located in the foreseen).


  • Ideal time for a visit: always, even if at the end of July we recommend the Folklore Festival with dances and popular music typical of Romagna and beyond
  • What to see in and around the city: Rocca Sforzesca, Parish Church of the Assumption of the Virgin, Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, Sanctuary of the Madonna del Calanco
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3 - Brisighella

The village of Brisighella is leaning against a cliff and dominated by three rocks on which the Clock Tower, the Rocca and the Sanctuary of Monticino stand out. On the opposite side, however, the old city walls can still be seen, albeit partially incorporated into the more recently built houses. The typical medieval atmosphere, however, it can be found mainly in the historical part of the village, with the alleys, the ups and downs, the low and perched houses and the hidden courtyards.

If you are in Brisighella, the starting point for your visit is certainly there Marconi square overlooked by the town hall and from which the via del Borgo, also called via degli Asini, starts. It is a unique alley of its kind, raised, covered and illuminated with arches, along which the plaster obtained from the nearby quarries was once transported on the backs of donkeys.


  • Ideal time for a visit: any season is optimal to visit the village
  • What to see in and around the city: piazza Marconi, via degli Asini, clock tower, fortress, Monticino sanctuary
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4 - Bobbio

Small town of Roman origin, Bobbio is located in the Trebbia Valley. Even today it is one historical destination that attracts Italian tourists and not only that, interested in the past and the culture of the village: the historic center of the medieval era is still perfectly preserved today

As soon as you reach the town, what immediately catches the eye, however, is the 11-arch bridge that you have to go through to access it, also called the Devil's Bridge. In addition to the bridge, there is another monument that easily attracts the attention of visitors: it is the Sanctuary of Santa Maria in Monte Pelice, located on the top of the mountain of the same name, from which to enjoy a view over the whole village.


  • Ideal time for a visit: any season. On the second Sunday of August the Palio delle Contrade is held, in memory of the event of medieval origin
  • What to see in and around the city: Ponte del Diavolo (or Ponte Gobbo), Sanctuary of Santa Maria in Monte Pelice, historic center, Cathedral of Bobbio, Convent and Church of San Nicola, Malaspina Castle
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5 - Montegridolfo

Located in the province of Rimini, Montegridolfo is a very small town of just over 1.000 inhabitants. Located between two valleys, halfway between Emilia-Romagna and the Marche, the village has always been the object of political clashes and ambitions of rival families interested in expanding into this borderland.

Thanks to recent restoration work, the village has revalued thetypical architecture of the origins, adding some more modern embellishment. Among the main places of interest we find the Church of San Rocco (just outside the walls, as it once served as a hospital), the interesting Museum of the Goth Line and the Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine delle Grazie, in the past a place of pilgrimage. What fascinates the most about this small town, however, is the panoramic view that can be enjoyed from every corner, overlooking the slopes of Rimini.


  • Ideal time for a visit: always especially in the beautiful spring days.
  • What to see in and around the city: Church of San Rocco, Sanctuary of the Virgin of Grace, Museum of the Goth Line, Rimini
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6 - San Leo

Also this in the province of Rimini, San Leo is a municipality located on one rock spur of Valmalecchia, from which you can observe an incredible panorama that allows you to see even San Marino in the distance. Despite its rather small size, San Leo packs a condensation of monuments and / or historic buildings which is worth visiting. Among these we point out the Romanesque-style Cathedral (later rebuilt by Lombard masters), the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta (i.e. the oldest cult building in San Leo and Montefeltro), the bell tower, the Palazzo Mediceo and above all the Fort, inside which the Count of Cagliostro was imprisoned until his death.

Small curiosity: the name of the village would seem to derive from a hermit (later proclaimed a saint) who had settled here, among other things, a companion of San Marino, both of whom lived in the IX-X century.

  • Ideal time for a visit: always. However, consider that, due to its rather small size and given its proximity to San Marino, during weekends and the summer period, the village could be more subject to tourism
  • Recommended visit time: one day, two if you also want to visit nearby San Marino
  • What to see in and around the city: Cathedral, Fort, Medici palace, Bell tower, parish church of Santa Maria Assunta, San Marino
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7 - Fontanellato

Identified by the Italian Touring Club as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, so much so that it received the recognition of the orange flag, Fontanellato is a town 25 km away from the city of Parma, near the Via Emilia. The name would seem to refer to presence of fountains, natural springs typical of the Bassa permanense and widespread in the surroundings of the village.

If you are in these areas, do not forget to drop by, especially to visit the Rocca Sanvitale, a beautiful period manor surrounded by a moat full of water, or the Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine del Santo Rosario, which still today is a source of attraction for pilgrims from neighboring countries and beyond. In addition to these, it is also worth visiting the Church of Santa Croce, dating back to the fifteenth century; the Castello di Parola and the Masone Labyrinth, located in the surrounding countryside.

  • Ideal time for a visit: always. If you are a lover of antiques markets, on the third Sunday of each month a very popular market is held around the moat of the Rocca where you could find truly unique pieces
  • What to see in and around the city: Rocca Sanvitale, Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Holy Rosary, Church of Santa Croce, Castello di Parola, Labyrinth of the Masone
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8 - Castell'Arquato

Castell'Arquato is a village immersed in the Piacenza hills, on a hill from which it dominates the landscape. Also awarded the orange flag by the Italian Touring Club, it is a city of art characterized by a castle or Rocca Viscontea, equipped with four corner towers and an internal courtyard, which today houses the Museum of Medieval Life.

Among the villages of Emilia-Romagna it is certainly that best known and with the largest number of important buildings: in addition to the castle, we recommend that you see the Palazzo del Potestà, built towards the end of 1200; the Palazzo Ducale (for a short time the residence of the Sforza dukes); the Torrione Farnese, but also the Porta di Sasso, one of the four best preserved city gates, built in brick and stone, and located in the direction of Lugagnano-Vernasca. Not far from the village, the Wood of Santa Franca it is ideal for a pleasant walk surrounded by nature.

  • Ideal time for a visit: always, especially during beautiful spring days.
  • What to see in and around the city: Rocca Viscontea, Palazzo Potestà, Palazzo Ducale, Torrione Farnese, Porta Sasso
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9 - Compiano

Compiano rises in the province of Parma, surrounded by a wall that protects it entirely. It is a village of medieval origin located in a strategic position, at a height of about 500 meters, once a bulwark of defense against access to the valley.

Inserted among the most beautiful villages in Italy, it is one much loved tourist destination: among its main attractions, the Church of San Giovanni Battista and that of San Bartolomeo Apostolo, as well as its famous Castle which, located on a spur of rock, passed from hand to hand over the centuries (previously it was owned by the Malaspina family , then of the Landi, then of the Visconti, and then became part of the possessions of the municipality of Compiano towards the end of the th century).

  • Ideal time for a visit: any season of the year
  • What to see in and around the city: Church of San Giovanni Battista, Church of San Bartolomeo Apostolo, Castle of Compiano
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10 - Bardi

Located at 625 meters above sea level, Bardi is located in the Ceno Valley, 60 km from Parma. According to legend, the name derives from one of Hannibal's elephants, who died in these areas, but according to historical sources, Bardi refers to the Arimanni, a Lombard people who settled here in 600 AD.

Among most beautiful historic buildings to visit there are the church of Santa Maria Addolorata, in the center of the village and in neo-Byzantine style, inside which there is the Pala di Bardi, the 1521 painting by Parmigianino, the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie, in neoclassical and neo-baroque style doors of Bardi and the neo-Gothic oratory of the Beata Vergine di Pompei. The main attraction of the town, visible even in the distance, is the Bardi Castle, the imposing red rock fortification, dating back to the 90th century. Inside there are several museums, such as the Museum of Valligiana Civilization, the Museum of Fauna and Poaching and the Archaeological Museum of the Ceno Valley. Curious is the story of the ghost of Bardi which caused a lot of hype in the mid-s, coming to discuss journalists and experts in various television networks.

  • Ideal time for a visit: any season of the year
  • What to see in and around the city: church of Santa Maria Addolorata, Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie, church of San Giovanni Battista, Castello di Bardi
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11 - Busseto and Roncole Verdi

Part of the province of Parma, Busseto is a place known for being the birthplace of one of the most illustrious Italian personalities: the composer Giuseppe Verdi, born in the hamlet of Roncole Verdi in 1813. The rectangular square where the monument of the sculptor Luigi Secchi stands is dedicated to him, from here you can admire some historic buildings of great value. Among these are the Rocca Pallavicino, dating back to medieval times, but rebuilt during the 800th century in a neo-Gothic style. Inside, in addition to the offices of the Municipality of Busseto, it is possible to visit the Giuseppe Verdi Theater, built in neoclassical style. At one of the corners of Piazza Verdi is the Collegiate Church of San Bartolomeo, the th century Gothic and Rococo style building.

Another splendid place to visit is the Villa Pallavicino, in Renaissance style, whose construction dates back to 1500. Completed during the seventeenth, it was embellished by various artists, with Baroque and Rococo paintings. Equally elegant and prestigious is Corte delle Piacentine, a neoclassical structure of the '700 often used as a film set.

  • Ideal time for a visit: any season of the year
  • Recommended visit time: 2 days
  • What to see in and around the city: Rocca Pallavicino, Collegiate Church of San Bartolomeo, Villa Pallavicino, Corte delle Piacentine, Palazzo Orlandi, Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo del Monte di Pietà
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12 - Grazzano Visconti

The village of Grazzano Visconti is located in the area of ​​the municipality of Vigolzone, in the province of Piacenza. Immersed in the Po valley, the village rises in the Val Nure, surrounded by the Piancentini Hills and the most important historical building is the Castle built in 1400. The village was subsequently built in its medieval aspect only in 1900, when Giuseppe Visconti took care of restoring and embellishing the rooms of the Castle, expanding his project of medieval historical re-enactment also to the landscape surrounding the fortress.

Decorated residences, iron shops, alleys and other buildings were built to give life to a place in a completely neo-medieval style, where you can walk in peace, being closed to city traffic. One of the most characteristic attractions is the Piazzeta del Biscione, in the center of the village, where the elegant Palazzo Podestarile and the well are located. Furthermore, around the Castle there is a large park, where there are various species of plants, flowers and trees of great beauty, such as black poplars, elms, hazelnuts, cedars, pines.

  • Ideal time for a visit: the last Sunday of May the historical parade of Grazzano is organized, the great medieval historical reenactment; the second Sunday of September is dedicated to the Magical Day
  • What to see in and around the city: Grazzano Castle, Castelllo Park, Piazzetta del Biscione, Palazzo Podestarile, Vigolzone
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13 - Torrechiara

Located about 18 km from Parma, Torrechiara is a village in the hamlet of Langhirano, whose first human settlements date back to the Bronze Age. The main attraction of the village is the Castle, built in 1400 for defensive purposes, it is one of the greatest examples of the architecture of the time. Inside it is possible to visit the ground floor, the upper floor, the Chapel of Honor and the Chapel of San Nicomede.

Other interesting places to visit are: la Abbey of Santa Maria della Neve, consisting of a late Gothic church, a Renaissance cloister and a large garden with a vegetable garden; and the Church of San Lorenzo, rebuilt numerous times over time and therefore characterized by the encounter of various styles, from Romanesque to Baroque, located next to the Castle of Torrechiara. In the surroundings of the village, during the beautiful seasons, tourists can enjoy the long scenic walks among the surrounding vineyards, perhaps taking advantage of a dinner based on typical local products.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to September; in July and August the Torrechiara Renata Tebaldi Festival is held, which annually attracts national and international artists to the suggestive location of the Castle
  • What to see in and around the city: Castle of Torrechiara, Abbey of Santa Maria della Neve, Church of San Lorenzo, Langhirano
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14 - Longiano

Longiano is located a few km from Cesena and is located in a strategic point between the hills of the Apennines and the Romagna Riviera. The first settlements discovered in the area seem to date back to the Iron Age, while the current appearance of the village is in medieval style. To testify this is certainly the imposing structure of Malatesta Castle, whose construction dates back to 1200. Inside the mighty walls of the castle there is also a collection of modern and contemporary art among the most important in Emilia Romagna, curated by the "Tito Balestra" Foundation.

Among religious buildings to visit in the historical center there are the Sanctuary of the Ss. Crocifisso, dating back to 1300 and restored in a neclassical style in the 700s, and the collegiate church of San Cristoforo, of origins dating back to the late Middle Ages. Also of interest is the oratory of San Giuseppe, which houses the Museum of Sacred Art, with relics, furnishings and religious objects, and the Petrella Theater, a historic th-century Italian theater.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from April to October, when it is also possible to take walks in the surrounding hills
  • What to see in and around the city: Malatesta Castle, Sanctuary of the Ss. Crucifix, Collegiate Church of San Cristoforo, oratory of San Giuseppe, Petrella Theater, Masks Gallery, Italian Museum of Cast Iron, Museum of the Territory
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15 - Santarcangelo di Romagna

Santarcangelo di Romagna is the village crossed by two rivers, Uso and Marecchia, and is part of the province of Rimini, so the Romagna Riviera is just a few kilometers away. The medieval-looking village has been embellished with villas, palaces and monuments, especially during the period of the Malatesta and is known for being a real country of art.

In the historic center is Piazza Ganganelli, where the Arch dedicated to Pope Clement XVI, a native of the place, is located. Nearby stands the Collegiate Church of the Beata Vergine del Rosario, dating back to 1700 in which there are precious works, such as the Crucifix by Pietro da Rimini. One of the symbols of Santacarngelo di Romagna is the Campanone Tower, 25 meters high and dating from the late 1800s. A visit to the Malatesta Fortress, today only partially open, as a private residence, but which is famous, among other things, for being the place where Paolo and Francesca, the lovers of which Dante speaks, were killed.
Finally, the hypogea, the underground caves of Santarcangelo which were a precious refuge for the inhabitants of the country during the Second World War.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from April to October. In July the Theater Festival in Piazza is held, with live performances and performances, while in September the San Martino Fair, with local food and tastings
  • What to see in and around the city: Collegiate Church of the Beata Vergine del Rosario, Torre Campanone, Rocca Malatestiana, La Stamperia Marchi, Ethnographic Museum of the uses and customs of the People of Romagna, Museum of the Button
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16 - Vigoleno

Vigoleno is the medieval-style village located in a hamlet of Piacenza, on the border with Parma, in one privileged position between the Ongine valley and the Stirone valley. One of the main attractions is the Vigoleno Castle, dating back to the th century, which has been preserved in excellent condition over time. Today it houses inside rooms with various photographs, artifacts and historical documents of great value. The walk to take is very suggestive along the walls which surrounds the village, from which to observe the surrounding bucolic panorama.

Among most beautiful religious buildings there are the Pieve di San Giorgio, a 700th century Romanesque church, inside which you can admire wonderful frescoes; and the oratory of Santa Maria, a small structure dating back to the eighteenth century, now used as an exhibition and musical space. Finally, to learn about the history of the local inhabitants, it is possible to visit the Orsanti Museum.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from April to October. On April 30th the traditional cantamaggio festival is held, with the cantamaggio who bring wishes for a good May to the houses of the village
  • What to see in and around the city: Vigolone Castle, Orsanti Museum, oratory of Santa Maria, Pieve di San Giorgio
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17 - Cervia

Seaside resort rich in history and nature, Cervia is located in the province of Ravenna and owes its fortune to the presence of numerous salt pans, already known during the Bronze Age and used by the Etruscans. To visit the Salt Museum, which through finds, photographs and documents tells the story of the salt of Cervia and the Salina proper, which is an ideal nature reserve for birdwatchers in which to admire herons, pink flamingos and many other birds.

In the historic center there are some important historic buildings, such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Town Hall. Nearby is also the Torre Michele, from which it is possible to have a splendid view of the Romagna Riviera. For the lovers of the sea and relaxation finally, on the beach there are several bathing establishments that can guarantee any kind of comfort and long stretches of free beach.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in summer; during the month of July the Pink Night is organized, with events, music and concerts in the main towns of the Romagna Riviera
  • What to see in and around the city: Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Town Hall, Salt Museum, Cervia Salt Pan, Michele Tower, Milano Marittima
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18 - Cesenatico

Seaside resort located between Rimini and Ravenna, part of the province of Forlì-Cesena, Cesenatico is a very popular tourist center during the summer period. Once an extensive lagoon, today this seaside village lends itself to being visited in one day, offering various attractions.

Among the archaeological sites of great value, there is the Roman Furnace of Ca Turchi, found in 1970, which testifies to the processing of ceramics for the production of amphorae, various objects and even statues intended to adorn gardens and villas. Starting from Piazza delle Conserve, in the historic center, it is possible to walk up to Porto Canale Leonardesco, whose structure was designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Along the canal there is the semi-floating Maritime Museum, with old boats moored and open to visitors. Along the beach you will find numerous bathing facilities, among these the Spiaggia delle Tamerici, the first ecological and vegetal Italian beach.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to September
  • What to see in and around the city: Leonardesco Canal Port, Ca Turchi Roman Furnace, Marine Museum, Tamerici Beach
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19 - Comacchio

Located in the province of Ferrara, Comacchio is a center of ancient origins founded by the Etruscans. Its peculiarity lies in thelagoon aspect, so it looks like a little Venice, full of canals that connect the various points of the country. The tour to do through the canals on board the batanas, the typical local boats, is very relaxing.

For lovers of natural landscapes, a visit to the Park of the Po Delta, where the lagoon, wooded areas, various specimens of fish, animals and birds come together to create a truly unique place. Among religious buildings to visit there are the Cathedral of Comacchio, dating back to the eighth century and the Sanctuary of Santa Maria in aula Regia, probably built in the tenth century. Also singular is the Trepponti Bridge, a structure built in 600, symbol of the village and Palazzo Bellini, where the Contemporary Art Gallery and the Historical Archive are located.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from April to October, in particular between September and October, the Eel Festival is held
  • What to see in and around the city: Po Delta Park, Comacchio Cathedral, Sanctuary of Santa Maria in aula Regia, Trepponti Bridge, Gallaria of Contemporary Art, Historical Archive, Clock Tower, Remo Brindisi Museum
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20 - Salsomaggiore Terme

Located in the province of Parma, Salsomaggiore Terme is the village known for its thermal waters, endowed with healing qualities, also known to the Romans. Among the various spa facilities in the area are the Berzieri Baths, from the name of the discoverer of the salsoiodic qualities of the waters, while in the historic center there are the elegant ones Baistrocchi Baths. The center is characterized by buildings with elegant architecture, with large green spaces and clubs of all kinds.

Among religious buildings to visit there is the Pieve di Contignaco, a Romanesque church of the XII century, and the Pieve di San Nicomede, probably built in the IX century, in Romanesque and Gothic style. In the surroundings of Salsomaggiore Terme, moreover, there is no shortage different and suggestive castles to visit, such as the Castle of Tabiano, built in 1153 and the Castle of Scipione, an imposing stone fortress.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to September, during the summer the Rock, Pop and Classic Festival is held, while during the winter the Woma Jazz Festival is organized, an event dedicated to women in the world of jazz
  • What to see in and around the city: Terme Berzieri, Terme Baistrocchi, Parish of Contignaco, Parish of San Nicomede, Castle of Tabiano, Castle of Scipione, Mazzini Park
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